Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Simon Harris - the need for the DART fare anomaly which exists for Greystones commuters to be reviewed and rectified; (2) Deputy Gerald Nash - the need for improved services for young people with inflammatory bowel disease and to ensure the provision of a dedicated ward at the new national children's hospital for young people with the disease; (3) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to review the policy pursued by the Courts Service resulting in centralisation of services in rural counties like Mayo; (4) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the need to provide an update on the proposed building of an amalgamated primary school in Kanturk, County Cork; (5) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the impact of the HSE recruitment moratorium on community hospitals in County Donegal; (6) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the issue of off-licences and the cheap sale of alcohol which affects vintners and off-licence proprietors themselves; (7) Deputy Brian Stanley - the Mountmellick sewerage scheme; (8) Deputies Willie O'Dea and Clare Daly - the need to address the failure of a number of defined benefit pension schemes to meet the Pensions Board's 30 June deadline to submit proposals to address deficits threatening their viability; (9) Deputy Mick Wallace - the difficulties faced by credit unions in trying to lend to credit worthy members; (10) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the need to approve funding for the long overdue refurbishment of Lower Buttercup, Darndale, Dublin 17; (11) Deputy Joe Higgins - the compliance with fire safety regulations on timber frame built homes and the need for necessary remedial work to prevent the spread of fire; (12) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the delays in the Garda vetting office which are causing huge problems for community and voluntary organisations; (13) Deputy Barry Cowen - the current difficulties with bin collections in Dublin; (14) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the possibility of water pressure being reduced as a penalty for non-payment in the forthcoming Water Services (No. 2) Bill; (15) Deputy Michael Colreavy - the recent effects of tunnelling by Shell near Rossport, County Mayo; and (16) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need to review sentencing and collection of fines policy.

The matters raised by Deputies Michelle Mulherin; Eamonn Maloney; Clare Daly and Willie O'Dea; and Pearse Doherty have been selected for discussion.